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  • Actors: Eden Kötting, Leila McMillan
  • Directors: Andrew Kötting
  • Format: PAL, Full Screen, Dolby, Digital Sound
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Bfi Video
  • DVD Release Date: 19 Mar. 2012
  • Run Time: 57 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006B8PLP4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 94,712 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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THIS OUR STILL LIFE
A film by Andrew Kötting

Andrew Kötting's deliciously eccentric film is a touching portrait of his daughter, Eden, as a young woman in their tumbledown Pyrenean farmhouse. Last seen in Gallivant (1996) as a plucky kid touring the coastline of Britain with her big Granny, Eden, now 23, is here shown painting still lifes and singing along to the radio as the seasons ebb and flow around her. Reminiscent of Stan Brakhage's Dog Star Man (1964) this lo-fi marvel features music by Scanner's Robin Rimbaud and a range of voices from Köttings sound archive to explore notions of nostalgia, memory and place.

Special features

  • Mapping Perception (2002, 37 mins): the result of a four-year collaboration between Giles Lane, curator and producer, Andrew Kötting and Mark Lythgoe, a neurophysiologist at the Institute of Child Health, London with the participation of Eden Kötting
  • An History of Civilisation(2011, 7 mins): against a skyline dominated by London's Canary Wharf, we observe a May Bank Holiday funfair in Southwark Park during which all of humanity is present
  • Portrait of Eden (2011, 21 mins): portrait of Eden Kötting filmed and edited by Gideon Koppel (Sleep furiously) in October 2010
  • Fully illustrated booklet featuring essays by John Roseveare, Iain Sinclair and Sukhdev Sandhu and drawings by Andrew and Eden Kötting

UK | 2011 | colour and back & white | English language | 57 minutes | DVD9 | Dolby Digital 2.0 (320kbps) (48k/16-bit) | Original aspect ratio 1.33:1 | Region 0 PAL DVD

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By technoguy VINE VOICE on 26 May 2014
Format: DVD
Using Samsung Digimax L85 and A Nizo Super 8 camera Kotting has recorded active diary fragments,snapshot meditations, topographic sweeps from an abandonned auberge in the French Pyrennees. There's a sense of isolation, a hermetically sealed world,lots of trees.We know Andrew Kotting previously from his film Gallivant,taking his aged mother and young daughter,Eden round the coasts of Britain,exploring folkloric elements in the culture.In This Our Still Life,shot like an avant garde home movie between 1989-2010, for 3 months in the summer of each year,with his wife and daughter Eden,who has Joubert’s Syndrome.We are in a pre-digital world,where he goes in for tree-sawing,we witness toads,lizards,bees,decaying rodents in time-lapse photography, collections of bric-a-brac,photographs around of his younger self , Eden and wife. There are voices which are played from old recordings,as a kind of disembodied commentary of the creative chaos of living a life in such a remote setting in the Pyrennees between France and Spain.It’s autobiographical,nostalgic,he plays games with his daughter,films while she is doing one of her still lifes,or sets up a camera to film him and his wife at the table setting tests for Eden,correcting her lazy diction.His wife bathes in a tin bath a la Stan Brakage,but she usually keeps a low profile,and is an elusive presence but is ubiquitous.

He also films from inside through windows and doors of the surrounding forest,or the changing light;and also films outside in the trees up the hill down onto the farmhouse.There is a certain grungy,gritty feel to this world of memory,space and absence from all norms,which can remind you of Herzog.A kind of bloody-minded cussedness.
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By Steve J WATSON on 30 Aug. 2015
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I'm afraid this arrived without being on our rental list, like many other films have done and was the final straw causing us to cancel our membership. Unless you're particularly interested in this grungy incoherent genre, or the director and his daughter, this very alternative film is unlikely to appeal.
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